Wineries & Restaurants
Special Guests of Honor
Tim Mondavi and his daughter Carissa are the third and fourth generations to carry the legendary Mondavi name and the passion for wines and wine growing that goes with it. Tim’s father, Robert Mondavi, was a true giant in the California wine industry, elevating the quality and methods used to grow and make wine to new heights. That legacy lives on in Tim, the driving force behind the winemaking team at the Robert Mondavi Winery for over 30 years and innovator and pioneer in his own right. Tim has been known for stretching the existing bounds of viticultural techniques, vinification methods and expanding environmentally responsible wine growing beyond merely organic.
Now that legacy lives on at the winery Tim founded with his father and sister—Continuum Estates, located high on Pritchard Hill in Napa Valley. That’s where you will find Tim’s daughter, Carissa, working in Communications, Hospitality and Marketing for Continuum. Carissa, not surprisingly, grew up around vineyards and barrel rooms and is the latest iteration of the fine Mondavi rootstock. We welcome Tim and Carissa as two of our Special Guests of Honor.
Almost 35 years ago, David Hirsch planted the first Pinot Noir grapes on his newly purchased 1,000-acre estate just 2.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean, beginning a quest for perfection that would span generations. Today, Hirsch Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are among the top bottlings in California, year after year. David’s grapes face challenging conditions on the extreme Sonoma coast, and perhaps as a result, produce intense flavors and elegant results. This is the oldest premium vineyard on the True Sonoma Coast, and the Wall Street Journal has called it “one of the most celebrated sites in Northern California wine.”
David’s daughter, Jasmine Hirsch, began working for her father in 2008 and is bringing her talents and energy to all aspects of the family’s vineyards and winery. If one generation of Hirsch’s produced amazing Pinot Noirs, just imagine what two generations working together will do. The Wine Auction welcomes David and Jasmine as two of our Special Guests of Honor this year.
Two generations of Staglin women grace our Wine Auction this year as Special Guests of Honor. Shari and Shannon Staglin both made successes of themselves in industries other than winemaking—Shari as an Executive Recruiter and Shannon as a Wealth Management Marketer before the lure of the vineyards worked its magic on them. Since purchasing the over a century-old vineyards in 1985, Shari has been Staglin’s CEO and prime mover, overseeing vineyard development and overall wine production of Staglin’s outstanding portfolio of Rutherford Bench wines.
More recently, the purchase of the property’s historic home and construction of a state-of-the-art underground winery have insured Staglin’s place as a mover and shaker in California’s wine industry. Shannon, Staglin’s President since returning to the fold in 2011, is following in Shari’s footsteps with the drive and vision to take Staglin even further in the future. We are honored to have the Staglin’s as part of our celebration of the legacy, which families like theirs have made—and continue to make—in the delicious history of winemaking.
If there are true legends of the vine, they are the legendary first growth Chateaus of Bordeaux. Chateau Haut-Brion was one of the original four properties designated as a Premier Cru in 1855. The astounding quality of the wines of Haut-Brion has been maintained for many generations, and continues to this day under the management of the Clarence Dillon family, which has owned the Chateau since 1929.
We are truly fortunate to have Mark Collins, Jr., member of the Clarence Dillon family, Partner with the investment firm Brown Advisory, Chairman of Dillon Trust Company as well as a Director of Domaine Clarence Dillon, and our Honored Friend-in-Wine.
Special Guest Chef
Anne S. Quatrano, Bacchanalia, Quinones at Bacchanalia, Floataway Café, Abattoir and Star Provisions
Anne Quatrano is widely held to be one of the country’s greatest chefs. Her meticulous attention to detail dovetails seamlessly with her devotion to freshness, flavor and simplicity. Together with her husband, award-winning chef Clifford Harrison, she operates four of Atlanta’s most celebrated restaurants – Bacchanalia, Quinones at Bacchanalia, Floataway Café and Abattoir as well as a cook’s market, Star Provisions.
She attributes her passion for cooking to spending time with her grandmother in the kitchen. Anne developed deep roots in Georgia by spending summers at her mother’s family farm, Summerland, and is now the fifth generation of her family to live there. Her debut cookbook Summerland: Recipes for Celebrating with Southern Hospitality was published in October 2013.
We are pleased to help Anne celebrate 20 years of Bacchanalia and the release of her new cookbook at our Friday Fête. She and her talented team of chefs will prepare the meal at this gastronomic gala.
Matt Adolfi – Chef de cuisine, Bacchanalia and Quinones at Bacchanalia
David A. Carson – Executive chef, Bacchanalia, Quinones at Bacchanalia and Star Provisions
Todd Immel – Executive chef, Floataway Café
Leonardo Iranzo – Chef de cuisine, Abattoir
Carla Tomasko – Pastry chef, Bacchanalia and Quinones at Bacchanalia